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Collection Number: 02834

Collection Title: Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 825 items)
Abstract The Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten in Savannah, Ga., was started in 1899 by George Johnson Baldwin (1856-1927) and his sisters as a memorial to their mother. The project was continued by his children, George Hull Baldwin and Dorothea Irwin, and grew into a city-wide system of kindergartens and a training school for kindergarten teachers. The collection includes papers relating to the organization, administration, and financing of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten. Papers include minutes of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Association and correspondence of George Hull Baldwin and other members of the Baldwin family with Hortense M. Orcutt (died 1936) and other officials of the association and supervisors of the kindergarten.
Creator Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten (Savannah, Ga.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, #2834, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the George Johnson Baldwin Papers (#850), July 1952.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten in Savannah, Ga., was started in 1899 by George Johnson Baldwin (1856-1927) and his sisters as a memorial to their mother. The project was continued by his children, George Hull Baldwin and Dorothea Irwin, and grew into a city-wide system of kindergartens and a training school for kindergarten teachers. The kindergarten operated under the direction of Martha G. Waring, 1899-1907; Hortense M. Orcutt (died 1936), 1907-1936; and Augusta Stuart Clay and Ruth Peeples, thereafter.

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The collection includes papers relating to the organization, administration, and financing of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten in Savannah, Ga. Papers include minutes of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Association and correspondence of George Hull Baldwin and other members of the Baldwin family with Hortense M. Orcutt and other officials of the association and supervisors of the kindergarten. Orcutt's letters give detailed reports of progress and plans for the organization and expansion of the kindergarten; mention commencements and other events; and discuss arrangements in connection with finances, physical repair, and new purchases.

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Contents list

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Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

Historical sketch, 1899-1925 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1899-1902 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1b

Folder 1c

January-July 1903 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1c

Folder 1d

September-December 1904 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1d

Folder 1e

January 1904 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1e

Folder 1f

February-May 1904 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1f

Folder 1g

June-August 1904 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1g

Folder 1h

September-December 1904 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1h

Folder 1i

1906 and 1908-1910 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1i

Folder 1j

1912-1916 and 1924 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 1j

Folder 2

January-June 1927 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 2

Folder 3

July-December 1927 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-June 1928 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 4

Folder 5

July-December 1928 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 5

Folder 6

January-June 1929 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 6

Folder 7

July 1929-June 1930 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 7

Folder 8

July 1930-June 1931 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 8

Folder 9

July 1931-June 1932 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 9

Folder 10

July-December 1932 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-June 1933 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 11

Folder 12

July-December 1933 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 12

Folder 13

January-June 1934 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 13

Folder 14

July 1934-June 1935 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 14

Folder 15

July-December 1935 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 15

Folder 16

January-June 1936 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 16

Folder 17

July-December 1936 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-22 May 1937 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 18

Folder 19

23 May-June 1937 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 19

Folder 20

July-September 1937 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 20

Folder 21

October 1937-January 1938 #02834, Series: "Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Records, 1899-1938." Folder 21

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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